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RFR ends season with carnage and titles
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Track officials roll the car of Erica Harmon over after it ended upside down following a wreck with the car of Don Childs. That car rolled at least once ripping the body panels off its sides. Fortunately the driver’s safety equipment worked and neither suffered significant injuries in the scary looking wreck.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Track officials roll the car of Erica Harmon over after it ended upside down following a wreck with the car of Don Childs. That car rolled at least once ripping the body panels off its sides. Fortunately the driver’s safety equipment worked and neither suffered significant injuries in the scary looking wreck.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Jesse Gonzalez zips past the checkered flag and caps off the season by winning the final pro stock race and earning his second championship in a long racing career.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Jesse Gonzalez zips past the checkered flag and caps off the season by winning the final pro stock race and earning his second championship in a long racing career.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - UNR student Jake Holland dominated the season's final modified race at the Reno-Fernley Raceway on Saturday. He took the lead early and was untouchable during the entire event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - UNR student Jake Holland dominated the season's final modified race at the Reno-Fernley Raceway on Saturday. He took the lead early and was untouchable during the entire event.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Pro rider Mike Alessi rips through a turn at the Exit 28 Motocross Park. Now staying in Southern California, the Florida rider swept both pro races on Friday and Saturday nights at the Livfast Cup event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Pro rider Mike Alessi rips through a turn at the Exit 28 Motocross Park. Now staying in Southern California, the Florida rider swept both pro races on Friday and Saturday nights at the Livfast Cup event.
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FERNLEY — Reno-Fernley Raceway ended its regular season with a slam-bang show featuring more action that most would have liked. And while several championships were awarded, one was too close to call.

“It was a lot of waiting, every single time we got going you had to turn around and stop,” Jake Holland said after winning the season’s last modified main event. “The track was awesome, they did a really good job of preparing it today so it was like a two-groove track, I could run the top and it was best up there. The car was great in the heat race and we beat Shawn so we didn’t want to make any changes.”

When the green flag waved heat race winners Holland and Erica Harmon tore down the front straight side-by-side. Exiting Turn 2 the lady from Chester, California held the point but soon lost it to the charging Holland.

By now Shawn Natenstedt was third and Harmon let him know she wasn’t about to give up second without a fight. Behind them Tom Purcell and Don Childs were disputing fourth place.

A quick caution slowed things just a bit. When racing resumed Harmon won a three-wide charge to hold on to second but eventually slipped to third. While all this was going on, Holland was escaping and showing everyone his heels.

Three more cautions slowed the pace. Behind the leader, both Purcell and Natenstedt were having some almost full contact racing as they dueled while Childs and Harmon continued disputing fourth place.

Then, with three laps to go things got ugly on the backstretch when Childs and Harmon had contact. His car was turned sideways and rolled at least once tearing off the bodywork on both sides.

Harmon was close to the wall, may of gone over one of this wheels and her car stopped on its roof The race was halted as officials and safety crew rushed to both driver’s aid.

Fortunately their safety equipment did its job and both were only shaken up in the frightening looking crash. Harmon’s car however had to be rolled over so the medics could get her out and make sure she was all right.

After a long clean up racing resumed but there was contact between Purcell and Natenstedt, whose car sustained a flat and he slipped back to fifth. Up front Holland stormed across the line followed by Purcell and Darren Manning.

Once everyone stopped on the front straight both Purcell and Natenstedt had some harsh words for each other. Just in case, the officials then separated them.

The hard racing and words took some of the luster off their finishes. However, Natenstedt clinched the Nevada NASCAR title as well as the track championship.

“This pretty good, probably the biggest win in my career,” Natenstedt said. “Coming away with nine wins in 18 races it’s definitely a good year.”

The biggest nail biter was the Hobby Stocks where Royce Goetz and Dwight Bolton went into the night just one point apart while Sun Valley driver Rick Miller was less than 10 behind them.

Goetz scored first by winning his heat race but things were still razor thin when the main began. First on point, in a race he would lead from flag to flag, was David Partelow.

Back in the pack Bolton and Goetz were trying to work their way through traffic while Miller was further toward the front. After a caution on lap 6, Fireball Barlow tookn second and held that spot through the remainder of the race.

By now Miller was fourth behind Missy Natenstedt with Bolton holding down the seventh position. Goetz was having his problems first being collected when one car spun and later scraping the wall.

The third caution came with less than 10 laps to go and bunched the cars for a final sprint to the flag. Once again Partelow let everyone know it was his race as the reached the checkered first. Miller ended up third while Bolton was fifth.

At the trophy presentation Partelow said, “It was kind of tough to keep it moving and I knew those guys were close and all I had to do was to stay on my line and not screw up.”

Goetz’s hard charge appears to have brought him to the seventh position and during the victory celebration track officials told all three it was too close to call. As soon as the final totals are they know the track will post it on the RFR website.

Jesse Vankol won the Dwarf Car main while Steve Singley took the two-car Mini Mod demonstration race.

Another race that had a race stopping crash was the Pro Stock feature. Right at the start Jack Randall’s car hit the wall and flipped end-to-end before sliding down the track where it stopped.

As his car began to flip, it passed the flagman Kenny Newberry, who was hit in the knee by either a rock or some debris. After the medics made sure Randall was OK, they tended to the flagman, taping his leg and also taping an ice pack to it so he could finish the night.

When the race was restarted, B.J. Pearson took off and left everyone in his dust. Behind him division champion Jesse Gonzalez moved to the high line and began to pick off cars one by one.

After a short caution, Gonzalez caught Pearson and used an inside move on the front straight to claim the lead and storm off to the victory. Coming home in second and third Dean Chicowicz and Joe Specchio Jr.

“I’m not quite sure what the championship means as it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been a tough year and when it came down to it, we’re leading it, might have a chance of winning this thing and here we are. The seasons over with and I just can’t believe it and it’s only my second championship in all the years I’ve been racing.”

One local champion is Travis Barr, a 15-year-old freshman at North Valleys High School. All season long, this young driver has been the one to beat in the Pure Stock Mini division and on this night he clapped the season with a victory.

Receiving both his winner’s trophy and championship cap he said,” Being this is my rookie year the championship means a lot to me and it’s been quite an achievement.”

Now the track goes dark for two weeks until its two-day show on October 8-9.

•The Lovelock Speedway also ended its season that night with a full slate of divisions on hand. Winners are listed in the results part of this report.

•With Street Vibrations in town the Exit 28 Motocross Park staged a three-day racing event using the Arenacross format where the pros race Friday and Saturday evenings followed by amateur day on Sunday.

It’s part of the Nuclear Fallout Series powered by Monster Energy.

Sweeping the Pro mains was Jeff Alessi, who is from Jacksonville, Fla. but right now basing out of Victorville, Calif.

After winning both his heat races, he then stormed away from the starting gate to claim both feature races on both nights.

After winning on Friday he said, “It was fun, I’m glad I could come out here, put on a good show for the fans, test out the new bike and I’m really happy with it. Want to thanks Pro Taper, Exel Wheels, Arrow Helmets, X-Brand Goggles, Alpine Star Gear and Red Bull for supporting me.”

On Friday, his younger brother, Jeff, claimed the runner-up spot, which was pretty good for his first race in eight months after breaking a foot.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend there are a pair of two-day shows.

Just north of the Toulon Exit, west of Lovelock, the MRANN and AMA District 36 host a combined enduro event. Pee Wees, Minis and Women race on Saturday while the big bikes start at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Closer to home Rattlesnake Raceway hosts its annual Dirt Track Championships with two full shows Saturday and Sunday where the combined points from both days determine the final standings.

All classes will compete and racing begins at 5 p.m. the first day and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Northern Nevada Kart Club is also in action Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m. as they stage another points race at Desert Park Raceway.

•NASCAR’s Las Vegas Trio was in New Hampshire this weekend. Kyle Busch started on pole and won Saturday’s Camping World Truck series race while Brendan Gaughan finished 12th.

In Sunday’s Sprint Cup event, Kyle, ended up 11th, while his older brother Kurt started fifth but finished 22nd.

RESULTS

•Reno-Fernley Raceway - Sept. 24

Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Erica Harmon, #2 Jake Holland

Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Tom Purcell, 3. Darren Manning, 4. Wade DeBurg, 5. Shawn Natenstedt

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Gonzalez, #2 Joe Specchio Jr.

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Jesse Gonzalez, 2. Dean Cichowicz, 3. B.J. Pearson, 4. Joe Specchio Jr., 5. Al Goss

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Royce Goetz, #2 Carl Barlow

Main (25 Laps) - 1. David Partelow, 2. Carl Barlow, 3. Rick Miller, 4. Brian Moore, 5. Dwight Bolton

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Vankol

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Jesse Vankol, 2. Bobby Wilson, 3. Billy Wilson, 4. Glenn Sciarani, 5. Roy Peterson

Pure Stock Mini:

Heat Winner - #1 Al Bishop, #2 Travis Barr

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Tavis Barr, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Jesse James, 4. Bryce Phillips, 5. Justin Schilling

• Lovelock Speedway - Sept. 24

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Elerick Jr.

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Elerick Jr., 2. Randy Artz, 3. Craig Maestretti, 4. Jim Jurad

B Mods:

Heat Winner - Damon Tupa

Main (17 Laps) - 1. Lee Ketten, 2. Scott Hammond, 3. Loren Bianchi, 4. Shirley Reeves

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Michael Ellison

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Lance Roberts, 2. Michael Ellison, 3. Audie Peterson, 4. Glenn Rose

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Rodney Sweet

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Frank Hinds, 3. Shane Stannard, 4. Bobby Gibson, 5. Nathan Blanton

Intermediate Karts:

Heat Winner - Brynn Turner

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Justin Wicks, 2. Jacob Dias, 3. Danner Barrick, 4. Cody Callahan

Beginner Karts:

Heat Winner - Lee Ketten

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Cade Maestas, 2. Cole Jones

•Exit 28 Motocross Park, Livfast Cup

+Saturday, Sept. 24

Pros:

Heat Winners - #1 Jeff Alessi, #2 Mike Alessi

LCQ - 1. Sean Lipanovich, 2. Ricky Rinauro, 3. Tony Evans, 4. C.J. Bardham

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Mike Alessi, 2. Nico Izzi, 3. Aron Harvey, 4. Jeff Alessi, 5. Kevin Rookstool

50cc Open Support - 1. Hayden Hines, 2. Nathan Von Miller, 3. Chase Cannizzaro

65cc Open Support - 1. Brett Thompson, 2. Mitchell Keen

+ Friday, Sept. 23

Pros:

Heat Winners - #1 Kyle Partridge, #2 Mike Alessi

LCQ - 1. Dylan Bauer, 2. Joey Rossi, 3. Tony Evans, 4. Robert Noftz

Pro Main (15 Laps) - 1. Mike Alessi, 2. Jeff Alessi, 3. Brian Sjogren, 4. Ben Lamay, 5. Kyle Partridge

50cc Open Support - 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Benjamin Knoblock, 3. Dalton Hoyos, 4. Demetre Proutsos, 5. Lux Turner

60cc Open Support - 1. Mike Hillyer, 2. Trever Tellez, 3. Andy Fahey, 4. Danny Hillyer, 5. Casey Carmichael

+ Sunday, Sept. 25

50cc Beg. - 1. Palmer Knoblock

65cc:

Beg. - 1. Mitchell Keen, 2. Jaxon Pokorky, 3. Logan Anderson

Jr. - 1. Andy Fahey, 2. Cole Petrosky, 3. Jaron Thompson

Open - 1. Jaron Thompson, 2. Logan Anderson, 3. Dylan Thorwaldson

85cc:

Beg. - Justin Lydick, 2. Bret Weyrick, 3. Jayson Davis

Jr. - 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. Christian Gorham, 3. Cody Force

Interm. - Gavin Clouser

Open - 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Garrett Hueftle, 3. Cole Hoffman

Supermini - 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Garrett Hueftle, 3. Justin Davis, 4. Jacob Davis

40+ Jr. - Mike Fillmore

30+:

Beg. - 1. Jim Ferris, 2. Steve Smith

Jr - 1. Adam Stokes, 2. Jeromie Sorhouet

Interm. - 1. Michael Bergman, 2. Chris Ponsock

Pro. - Rich Thorwaldson

20+:

Beg. - 1. Matthew Sorhouet, 2. Jeramy Scoggin, 3. Ted Johanson

Jr. - 1. Ryan Lehr, 2. Wes Gilmore

125/250:

Beg. - 1. Auggie Roefer, 2, Trent Cocking, 3. Christopher Winters

Jr. - 1. Justin Minsch, 2. Ryan Lehr, 3. Caleb Duster

Intrm. - Nic Mandermade

2 Stroke Open - Matt McNee

Big Bike Open - 1. Wes Gilmore, 2. Anthony Santana, 3. Adam Stokes

Schoolboy - 1. Alex Ficco, 2. Jonathan Norman

250/450:

Beg. - 1. Ted Johanson, 2. Matt McNee, 3. Nick Winters

Jr. - 1. Justin Minsch, 2. Dylan Galliett, 3. Quinn Santana

Intrm. - Alex Ficco
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